Referendum 2018: Rhinelander to ask for less than current funding levelsSubmitted: 07/12/2018
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter

Referendum 2018:  Rhinelander to ask for less than current funding levels
RHINELANDER - Property taxes in the School District of Rhinelander will drop after a new referendum in the fall, even if the vote passes.

The school board approved a referendum question this week asking for $4.25 million each of the next four years. It would replace the expiring referendum, which is for $5 million per year.

Board president Ron Counter says a new Aspirus clinic specifically for employees has saved the district millions of dollars in health care costs. It's focusing on items like biometrics and preventative medicine, and the district has set up its own small health system.

"It's far exceeding expectations. When we first started, we thought this would be a savings, a moderate savings. But this has grown for us quite extensively," Counter said.

Prior to the district's last referendum vote in 2016, the board identified several programs to be cut or reduced if the vote failed. They included a complete elimination of sports and extracurricular activities, cuts to music and art, and larger class sizes.

"The priority list that we had last time is still on the table," Counter said. "Not much has changed from that, because we're not asking for extra."

If the referendum passes, homeowners will see a drop in taxes of $68 per $100,000 of assessed property value from current levels. If it fails, taxes will drop $245 per $100,000.

The vote will be on the November general election ballot, next to votes for governor, senator, and congressman this fall.

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